Pianos Jazz Up State Street

Pianos on State, photo by Art Fisher.

Pianos on State, photo by Art Fisher.

State Street’s got some rhythm in its soul this month with the annual Pianos on State interactive musical exhibit on display throughout October.

In its 9th year, the exhibition will extend from October 2-24,  and feature pianos painted by Santa Barbara-based artists—all of which are available for community exploration, impromptu play and group performances.

This year’s panel received a record number of submissions, according to organizers from Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture. The selected artists include Aviel Hyman, Mahina Martinson, Ariana Meyers, Jack Mohr, Amanda Phillips, Melody Rose, Sheryl Schroeder, Lanny Sherwin and Richard Stokes. Additional community partners working with local students and artists to design pianos include Art From Scrap, the Santa Barbara Public Library Central Branch, The Arts Fund and Youth Interactive.

Pianos on State, photo by Art Fisher.

Pianos on State, photo by Art Fisher.

Helmed by the Santa Barbara Bowl, this program represents a unique collaboration that aims to provide arts exposure for residents and visitors of all ages. “The pianos are a beloved tradition that enhances the cultural vibrancy of Santa Barbara and the downtown corridor. It is a way to engage the community by inviting participants of all ages and backgrounds to experience performing arts in a public space,” says Kai Tepper, Santa Barbara Bowl Education Outreach Program Manager. Additional producing partners include the City of Santa Barbara, Office of Arts and Culture, The Arts Fund, Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, Downtown Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation and New Noise SB. Many local sponsors and businesses also help sponsor and underwrite costs.

Isaac Hernandez. Untitled. Acrylic paint on piano. Exhibited outside the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. November 7, 2010. ©2010 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacArt.com.

Isaac Hernandez. Untitled. Acrylic paint on piano. Exhibited outside the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. November 7, 2010. ©2010 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacArt.com.

An opening celebration takes place on 1st Thursday, October 4, from 5-8 p.m. as artists traverse the pianos and the Piano Boys perform at the Library’s piano at the intersection of State and Anapamu Streets.

Leslie Dinaberg

Originally published in Santa Barbara Seasons on October 3, 2018.

Get Mischievous at Art From Scrap’s Assemblage Art Show

Art From Scrap Assemblage showCongratulations to the winners of Art From Scrap’s 2014 Assemblage Art Show and Fundraiser. After viewing the art and engaging in a lot of animated discussion, ballots were cast and here are the winners:

1st prize- Karen Luckett, Yarn Bombed Barbie Doll

2nd Prize- Penny Mast McCall, Eden

3rd Prize- Kathi Scarminach,  Diebenkorn at the Circus

These artists will receive a total of $1,000 in cash awards from The Hollister Family Awards with cash prizes totaling $1,000.  Judges include our very own publisher of Santa Barbara SEASONS, Greg Corso; as well as Charles Donelan, executive arts editor of  Santa Barbara Independent; artist Holly Mackay; Jeremy Tessmer, gallery director at Sullivan Goss;  and Dug Uyesaka, artist and Santa Barbara County Second District Arts Commissioner.

Get your tickets now for Art From Scrap‘s Annual Fundraiser and Assemblage Art Show where the theme is Mischief! The party takes place at  302 E. Cota St. on Saturday, April 5 from 5:30–9 p.m. Bid on more than 70 works of art, a four-night stay in Sayulita, Mexico, dinner at local restaurants and other exciting items in the silent Auction. Enjoy a “mischievous photo op” with Bob Debris, music with DJ Darla Bea of KCSB FM, food, beer from Telegraph Brewery and wine from local winemakers. All proceeds benefit Art From Scrap’s art programming.

—Leslie Dinaberg

Originally published in Santa Barbara SEASONS on April 1, 2014.